A survey conducted by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has revealed that one out of three people employed in companies with drug-testing programs in place continue smoking cannabis, believing they are unlikely to be ever tested.
Smoking cannabis in the workplace
The survey, whose respondents are more than 500 blue-collar workers from a wide range of industries, also found that about one in five trades workers are even more daring as they admit to smoking cannabis while at work. The NCPIC survey has also found out that 21 per cent of workers, who are from the mining, construction, transport, defense, and other industries, admitted to be using cannabis within four hours of reporting for duty.
Apparently, the spectre of workplace drug testing doesn’t worry one out of three respondents, as they believe the chances of getting tested is miniscule. In contrast, only 29 per cent of the workers surveyed believe that, in the future, they will be subjected to a drug test.
Interestingly, the survey has found out that among the respondents of the poll, 12 per cent have failed a drug test in the workplace. In addition, almost 63 per cent of the respondents know other people who have tested positive for drugs.
Considering that many of these cannabis-smoking workers are people who actually operate heavy machinery, handle hazardous materials, or drive huge trucks on public roads, the findings of the survey should be a cause for concern among employers and government agencies alike. Cannabis does cause some measure of impairment, and allowing a worker to operate machinery or do hazardous work while impaired by cannabis could only lead to accidents that cause injuries or even death.